I'm doing a good poor white trash impression right now. I did yoga this morning and haven't changed yet, so I've got on grey track suit bottoms, a black sports bra and a black maternity vest. The vest is rather grubby, since I've just finished making a batch of cookies for a picnic and concert we are going to this evening. My hair is tied back but isn't really long enough to stay there, so there are wisps hanging around my forehead and I'm sure there's a bit of cookie batter in there somewhere. When I've got up the energy I'll go and have a shower. For now it's good to sit down.
I'm so glad to be home. My feet and legs are much less swollen today, although they're still not back to normal size, so at least some of the problem was the altitude. I'm typing this on our lovely new machine. H cooked my favourite dinner last night to welcome me home, which somewhat made up for the 7 hours worth of travel I had to endure. I found a Penny Vincenzi novel I'd never read before at Munich airport, so that lifted my mood somewhat, although by the time I got home I was too tired to take in anything much. Must.slow.down. I have 4 episodes of Veronica Mars on the sky box to watch. The passenger is nice and active. I'm trying not to think about the few people at work who are screwing with me. And I'm ignoring that H only got part way through cleaning out the potential passenger's room - the bunk beds (left behind by the previous owners of our house) he dismantled are now sitting in our living room. But I'm pretending I can't see them. I'm doing ok. We're doing ok.
Aurelia, re your question on baby registries, we don't do them here, it's considered incredibly inappropriate to ask for something for the baby, so you just get what you're given. We also don't have such a thing as a baby shower, which believe me, while I was struggling to achieve pregnancy seemed an extraordinarily good thing. Both in the Jewish tradition, and in the UK in general, people don't tend to buy you anything for the baby before he or she arrives, but they send small gifts afterwards (a babygro, a soft toy, a bath towel, flowers, etc.). H's parents are buying us a car seat, and my mother is buying us a pram, other than that, we'll get the few essentials nearer the time, which from my understanding are:
- A few babygros
- A few vests
- A swaddling blanket or 2
- A moses basket (will prob inherit one from SIL)
- A few sheets for above
- A breast pump and accoutrements
- Nipple cream
- A few nappies and accoutrements (cream, wipes etc.)
- A changing mat or two
- Some muslins
- A couple of bath towels
- A sling?
As one good friend said, most of what we need immediately could be bought on the way home from the hospital, so I'm not too worried. Although I'd like the house to be a bit more sorted before hand (the basement laundry is still leaking when it rains. Which it's done a lot recently. Plus the whole 'living room full of bits of furniture' thing). But I'm not too bothered. I just want to relax and enjoy this stage a bit, enjoy the fact that it's just 1 more week to 30 weeks, and things start feeling safer then. Or so I assume.